Healthcare merger advances with Vatican approval; Hospital price websites of little use to consumers;

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> The merger of Mercy Health System in Portland and Bangor-based Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems (EMHS) moves forward after the Vatican last week approved Mercy's transfer of assets to EMHS, The Forecaster reported. Article

> Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder won't legally demand the state Senate  vote on his Medicaid expansion plan after returning from summer vacation, reported the Detroit Free Press. Article

> Sierra Vista (Ariz.) Regional Health Center reduced staff by 13.3 percent, eliminating 94 positions, noted the Sierra Vista Herald. Article

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> The American Hospital Association is asking the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to reconsider its revisions regarding the admission of patients previously in observation care, and to begin financially penalizing recovery audit contractors for any errors they make in denying claims. Article

> Although various states are posting the prices charged by their hospitals, they are not of much use to consumers, according to a University of Michigan Medical School study. Article

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